AFTER THE 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach brunch and V.I.P. preview was officially over, guests were still exploring. Some stood on furnished balconies, overlooking the Miami oceanfront. Others marveled at the condominium interiors across the hall, bedrooms with sprawling city views and birdcage chairs hanging from the ceilings. The more adventurous types even snuck off to see a couple of recently finished hotel rooms, slated to open in March 2015.

Located at 2399 Collins Avenue, in the heart of South Beach, 1 Hotel & Homes sits in perfect harmony with its surroundings. With residence designs by Brazilian architect and designer Debora Aguiar, each space is unique and entirely appealing. “It’s an incredibly lush, textured place,” said Aguiar of the city. “All we have to do is open the doors and invite it in.” At 1 Hotel & Homes, large WINDOWS let in plenty of natural light. And spacious, airy interiors welcome the ocean breeze. “When brought together, these elements create a comfortable and relaxing environment which asks to be lived in.”

Yet for founder Barry Sternlicht, 1 Hotel & Homes is more just than a place to live. “It’s the realization of a dream,” he OFFERED. “Nature has always been central to my life. I’m proud to say it’s now central to my business. 1 South Beach is created around a simple truth—to recognize our impact on nature and nature’s impact on us.”

Proof of that belief was blooming around the property during the private preview, hosted by Sternlicht and 1 Hotel & Home developer Richard LeFrak. Floral INSTALLATIONS by Plant the Future— titled “Art as Nature”—featured dramatic hangings of orchids from the ceilings and terrarium casitas. You could even stick your head into some of them. It made for a great photo opportunity.